My name is Emily Saenz - like "signs" if you were finding it tricky. (Most people do!)
+ HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
Growing up, I always took multiple disposable cameras to camp and would beg to have the pictures developed right when I got home. From very early on, I had this obsession with making & capturing memories. I've always loved having a camera with me, long before i realized not everyone made sure they had one at all times. (Long before everyone we had cameras on iphones.)
With the eye-opening insights of Shannon Leith, I learned early on in my photo-taking journey that no matter what camera you hold in your hands - or if you're holding one at all - we've all been given eyes to see the beautiful world out there. Seeing is what it’s all about.
I want to be someone who sees. who sees beauty. who sees people. who sees light. with eyes wide open, I want to keep falling more in love with life, and I want to capture what I see in the world around me.
I'm passionate about documenting life as authentically as possible and a firm believer that photos help us appreciate the life we've been given. I've heard it said, “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
i believe there are important stories to be told everywhere. and while there are notable occassions we all have agreed are the big ones, i love capturing the everyday as well. So whether it's your wedding you want captured or a random tuesday with your family, i'm game.
+ WHY "ILLUMINATE"?
I think of it likE A REMINDER TO MYSELF: "Emily, Illuminate. Be light. Shine light. Illuminate others' stories."
Photographs have always served as a reminder to me of milestones, memories, and connections. They exist as a spotlight on things like my 6th birthday at McDonald's, the start of an internship with Lauren Scotti, my long-awaited trip to Japan and my wedding day. I want to provide you with photographs that do the same: that illuminate meaningful moments and significant seasons in your life.
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